Rebecca, I'm so impressed with your healthy living venture and I'm wondering if you can point me to just HOW you accomplished this weight loss...did you follow a specific diet or what?
This question was posed to me recently in a comment on my Power, Love and Self-Control blog. Here is my "long" answer. At the age of 60, I am no newcomer to diets. I have tried many. Almost all of them have been successful in proportion to my diligence. Therefore, it is no surprise that when my diligence diminishes, I have gained weight.
My 30+ pound weight loss in the past 5 months has happened as I have made fresh vegetables and fruit the mainstays of my diet. Each day I have tried to have 3-4 ounce of lean protein (usually chicken breast; sometimes lean beef or turkey sausage). I've tried to include fish at least once a week--and often twice. I have eaten very little bread, pasta or desserts. I have also been quite consistent in walking 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.
Early on I vocalized my commitment to lose weight and asked for prayer in the small, home fellowship group my husband and I meet with every other week. I believe this has also played a large part in my weight loss. I journal daily, pray daily, and write my goal weight every day at the beginning of my journal entry for that day.
Summing it up, I've synthesized what I know nutritionally, tried to be honest about my portion sizes, prayed, and exercised. That has been MY part. God's part has been the larger part. I am aware that His power is at work in me; His grace is available to me; He has given me the spirit of love and of power and of self-control.